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5 of the Best Mountain Bike Trails in the UK

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Whether you’re an experienced rider or just getting started, it’s always a great idea to explore mountain biking trails outside of your home town. In this blog we take a look at some of the best mountain bike trail centres and mountain bike trails in the UK.

We’ve covered selecting the perfect versatile pack for biking and Multi-Sport and we’ve even looked at how we can stay hydrated while out riding for a long day. Now it’s time to go exploring!

Quantocks, Somerset

With trails ranging from beginner to intermediate this is a great option. It offers plenty of climbing so be prepared for a workout but don’t worry you’ll find plenty of DH as well as the extended single track, wilderness XC.

 

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Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

The Forest of Dean centre, sitting on the border of Wales, features some of the best mountain bike trails in the UK. With comfortable, wide-track forest routes, meandering XC and some challenging DH there is something for everyone. It also happens to be one of the surviving ancient woodlands left in the UK. A truly beautiful location for a ride out.

 

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Stob Bàn, Scotland

This route is named after the 999m mountain it is situated on and around. With towering mountainous vistas and views of the Lochs towards the east, this is by far one of the most beautiful locations on this list. Prepare for some big carry sections before hitting the long DH flow. Be sure to research the multiple approaches and descents for the most enjoyable day.

 

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Hadleigh Park, Essex

If you’re looking for something unique then Hadleigh Park trail centre is a good option. It was host to the 2012 Olympics and has retained the courses for the public to use. Now split into blue, red and black grades this is a great XC focused location that is easily accessible and offers excellent additional facilities.

 

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Rim Dinger Trail, Bike Park Wales, Wales

One of the advanced trails at arguably one of the best centres in the UK. This makes the best mountain bike trails in the UK blog purely because of the challenge and reward it provides. This rocky trail will require some technical jumps and commitment to hitting those required speeds.

 

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What do you think is the best mountain bike trail in the UK? Have you got a favourite MTB Trail Centre? Comment below.

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4 responses to “5 of the Best Mountain Bike Trails in the UK

  • Sam

    21 February 2019

    7 Stanes Kirroughtree, but a little bias as I work here, but still in top 5! Innerleithen, Thornielee (whole Tweed Valley really). Peak district – Doctors Gate, or Trails around the Derwent Reservoir. Lakes – Borrowdale Bash being a favourite. The trails up in Cairngorms, Torridon so so many. I definitely would not have Hadley Park there. I know there is a massive population near by, but it is not worthy of this.

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      Liam

      21 February 2019

      Hi Sam,

      We had a long list of trails to go through, and the ones you have suggested are some, that for us, didn’t quite make it to the top 5. It was a tough decision! 7 Stanes is a particularly good shout. Beautiful locations and sculptures as a bonus while you ride!

      With Hadleigh park, it is a popular trail as it is where the Olympic MTB events were held, but you are right this doesn’t necessarily make it one of the best.

      Thanks for your recommendations!

  • Jonathan N

    22 February 2019

    Read this with disappointment due to the lack of Northern riding spots. So after Osprey challenged me, I thought, go on then have my email address. Here are some recommendations. The Peak District is my home turf and I am biased but this whole area is full of mountain bike classics. Cut gate path from Ladybower reservoir over to Langsett reservoir and back, All of the Hope Valley including the drop down Jacobs ladder is mint! Further afield the lake district is stunning, with the drop down Walna Scar road past the Old Man of Coniston offering a great rocky descent In terms of trail centres, in my experience Coed y Brenin is hard to beat and Whinlatter has its moments, especially the view from the top. Hope this helps anyone realise the miles and miles of natural riding up north is where its at. Its all good though, what matters is enjoying the ride!

    • Osprey Europe
      Liam

      1 March 2019

      Hi Jonathan,

      Thanks for sharing your recommended locations with us, these are great routes and centres, the views from the top of the Whinlatter, Altura trail are truly amazing! When we were writing this, we aimed it at intermediate and beginner riders, and we had a long list of trails to choose from. Being based in the South does mean we are much more familiar with trails closer to home just as you are with routes near the Peak District, although Stob Bàn, Scotland is a personal favourite of ours.

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